MyPhoto01Merry Christmas, everyone!

Yes, I’m an atheist. Yes, I use the words “Merry Christmas” unironically. I’m waiting for Sean Hannity’s brain to explode. 😆

As many of you know, I’m not religious. Christmas holds no spiritual meaning for me. As a mythicist, I even doubt that the events Christians celebrate today actually happened. However, that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate and don’t celebrate the spirit of Christmas. I listen to Christmas music year round and, when done well, I find it moving. The decorations bring life to this lifeless time (which is why I think winter becomes depressing by mid-January as the decorations come down). To me, Christmas is a time when we reflect on what’s truly important in our lives. No, not material goods, though that’s certainly the way it feels every year. To me, Christmas is when we remember our friends, our loved ones, and our common humanity. To me, Christmas is a time of life, renewal, friendship, and love.

And also Kimar kidnapping Santa Claus and taking him to Mars, where Voldar learns the true meaning of Christmas. Or at least gets attacked by rampaging toys.

So on this Christmas Day, I want to say that I love and appreciate each and every one of you reading this. Some of you I knew in school. Some of you I have worked with, either now or in the past. Some of you I know through conventions. Some of you I’ve never met but thanks to the wonders of the Internet we’ve forged bonds. And some of you don’t fit any of those categories. Nonetheless, each and every one of you has contributed to my life and made it better. You have been light in the darkness. You are important. And you are valued.

Whatever holiday you’re celebrating today — Christmas, Winterval, Yule, even Doctormas for the Whovians — take a moment and reflect on the people that are important to you, the people who have made you better, the people you love and appreciate. That’s my holiday wish to you.

Merry Christmas, everyone!

Whatever you do today — go to the movies, watch Doctor Who, etc. — I hope today is a wonderful one for each and every one of you. 🙂

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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